The long-awaited premiere of Baldur’s Gate 3 will take place today. The full version of the production will be unlocked globally at the same time. However, players must prepare for a long download – the game takes up a lot of disk space.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been in Steam Early Access for years, but now Larian Studios’ production is finally coming out in full version. The premiere of the 1.0 edition was loudly announced on August 3. Here are some useful details for launch day.
Baldur’s Gate 3 – when will it premiere?
The developers decided to launch Baldur’s Gate 3 globally, which means that the production unlock time has been adjusted to different time zones. Americans will be able to enjoy the game from the local morning, while Europeans will have to wait until the evening. The premiere in Poland will take place exactly at 17:00, August 3, 2023.
This still gives us more favorable conditions than, for example, Australians. They will have to choose playing or sleeping – the premiere will take place there at 1:00 or even 3:00 am, in practice on August 4.
Baldur’s Gate 3 size – how much does the game weigh and is it preloaded on Steam?
Independently, the developers at Larian warn that unfortunately, none of the Early Access save games will be compatible with the 1.0 game at launch. This means that absolutely everyone will have to start the adventure all over again. However, the studio points out that “so much has changed that a fresh start pays off”.
Players also ask about the so-called. preload of game files, which allows you to download all the necessary data in advance and start playing immediately after unlocking the production. Unfortunately, this will not be possible. Everyone will have to download from the beginning full 122 GB of datawhich are required to play around in production. Depending on the speed of the connection, the download may take about an hour or even many hours or all night.
As fans theorize, the awkward situation may be related to Steam’s game file encryption system. Preload requires securing data so that eager players (or hackers) do not discover them ahead of time.
Currently, many fans have an early access version of Baldur’s Gate 3, without encrypted files. The program would probably need to replace open files with encrypted files in the same folder. This can cause technical problems, which prompted the developers to completely abandon the early loading of the title.